Subscriber News: March 2020
Congratulations to Gifford MacShane. Her debut novel, Whispers in the Canyon, was recently released by Soul Mate Publishing and was a finalist in The Coffee Pot Book Club's Historical Romance Award for 2019. From their review: "It was an enthralling love story that made this book wholly unforgettable and next to impossible to put down...one of the most compelling and moving historical western romance novels that I have ever read." MacShane is planning to release several more novels in her Donovan Family Saga, which centers on a family of Irish immigrants who settle in the Arizona Territory. Visit her website to learn more.
Congratulations to Meg Eden. Her poetry collection Drowning in the Floating World was published this month by Press 53. She kindly shares a sample poem here. National Poetry Series winner Christopher Kondrich says of this book, "In Meg Eden's Drowning in the Floating World, the tsunami that led to the Fukushima nuclear disaster is simultaneously imminent, ensuing, and already past. Its devastation is transtemporal, omnipresent, not bounded to this world. Nor is the resulting trauma, which permeates the boundaries between life and death, ocean and human civilization—as do these poems. With poignancy and lyricism, Meg Eden has written a haunting collection imbued with profound empathy."
Winning Writers Editor Jendi Reiter was interviewed by Susan Glass for the Slate Roof Press blog this month about their winning poem in the 2019 Glass Prize Broadside Contest, "Psalm 55.21".
Gail Thomas will be reading at "An Evening of Art & Poetry" with poet Richard Michelson and artists Nancy Haver and Ron Parent on Friday, April 17, from 5:30-8:00 pm at the Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA. This is a free event with refreshments provided. Visit Gail's website for her award-winning poetry books.
Ken Allan Dronsfield's new collection Sonnets and Scribbles: Verse from the Ages is now available as a print book at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and Kindle and eBook distributors as well. Ken says, "The book contains many of my sonnet collection, some new image poetry, haiku and several didactic cinquains with personal black and white artwork."
Ellaraine Lockie's latest chapbook, Sex & Other Slapsticks (Presa Press, 2019), was favorably reviewed by Eileen Murphy in Cultural Weekly. "Lockie deconstructs humanity's sexual activities from an angle that's honest, unpretentious, and hilarious, exposing the funny side of the mystery we call sex. These gem-poems are entertaining, but they wouldn't be so interesting if there weren't also a serious element that's never intrusive." The feature was accompanied by three poems from the collection. The Presa Press website is temporarily on hiatus, so copies of the chapbook may be ordered directly from Ellaraine at email@example.com. In other news, her one-act play "Sir Arthur's Search for Cinderella" was published at Ramingo's Porch.
J. Paul Cooper's story "Harold's Muse" was published in Polar Borealis, Issue #12.
Kathleen McCormick's story "'Little Victories and Big Defeats': How I Became an Artist, a Feminist, and a Personal Associate" was published in Sweet Tree Review 4.4 (2019) and will be reprinted in armarolla in Spring 2020.
Antoinette Carone's story collection Siren Shore: The Enchantment of Naples (Shakespeare & Co., 2019) was favorably reviewed in ovunque siamo, Vol. 3, Issue 4 (2020), an online journal celebrating Italian-American writers. She will be reading at Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore, 939 Lexington Avenue, New York City, on Wednesday, March 25 at 6:30 pm.
R.T. Castleberry's poem "not enough coins for all the beggars" was published at Eighteen Seventy Poetry in February. His poems "Abandoning Moonlight" and "An Animal or a God" appeared in Unlikely Stories.
R. Bremner's poem "Atom Leaves" was published in Jerry Jazz Musician, Winter 2019 (scroll down to read all the poems in this issue on the same webpage). His short stories "The Cats of Roma", "Raccoon", and "Once the Sky Is Broken, It Cannot Be Mended" were published in Flash Boulevard.
Published: March 9, 2020